As people near the end of their lives, many fear dying without leaving something behind. "Dignity therapy" helps patients document their life stories in their own words. The majority of patients who try it report an increased sense of meaning and purpose after treatment.
The plans offered by health insurance companies are an alternative to traditional, government fee-for-service Medicare. Nearly 12 million seniors are in the plans, about one-quarter of all Medicare beneficiaries.
Now there's money riding on Rep. Bachmann's claims that a cervical cancer vaccine is harmful. Two prominent bioethicists said they will pay more than $10,000 if claims that the HPV vaccine caused mental retardation can be proved.
The deadly tornado that hit in May quickly destroyed a third of the Missouri city. But the psychological damage has continued. The city's children are coping with both the unsettling effects of the tornado and what the loss did to their parents.
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